2005 NYI PROSPECT CAMP PRIMER
Although training camp doesn't officially begin until Tuesday morning in Nova Scotia, Islander fans can get an early look at some of the organization's top prospects. Four first round picks Sean Bergenheim (2002), Robert Nilsson (2003), Petteri Nokelainen (2004) and Ryan O'Marra (2005) are among the 27 young players who will take to the ice tomorrow morning for the start of the New York Islanders' Prospect Camp at Iceworks in Syosset.
General Manager Mike Milbury, Head Coach Steve Stirling and the team's scouting staff have brought in a group of players that should make things interesting during camp as they battle for a roster spot, not only in New York, but in Bridgeport as well. All fans are invited to stop by and catch a glimpse of some present and future Islanders this weekend, and talk hockey with the bosses and get autographs from the players.
Here's a breakdown by position of the players that will be attending the Islanders' Prospect Camp:
Luciano Aquino (C, 5-10, 200 lbs., Mississauga, ONT)
Notes: Played in 65 games with Brampton last season, recording 71 points (25+46) and 80 penalty minutes...Aquino ranked among the team leaders in assists (first), scoring (second), goals (fourth) and penalty minutes (fourth)... During the OHL Playoffs, he led the Battalion in scoring with nine points (5+4) in six games...The 20-year old from Mississauga, Ontario was taken by the Islanders in the seventh round (210th overall) in the 2005 Entry Draft.
Sean Bergenheim (C/LW, 5-11, 194 lbs., Helsinki, FNL)
Notes: Is expected to compete for roster spot after playing first full pro season in North America last season with Bridgeport ... Skated in 61 matches with the Sound Tigers, recording 29 points (15+14) and 69 penalty minutes ... Played for Team Finland at the 2002 WJC in Halifax.
Jeremy Colliton (RW, 6-2, 195 lbs., Blackie, AB
Notes: Has played the last four seasons with Prince Albert (WHL), recording 176 points (71+105) and in 229 games ... Last season, ranked fourth on the team in scoring with 46 points (16+30) in 41 games ... Posted career highs for goals (24) and points (50) in a season in 2003-04 ... Skated for Team Cherry at the 2005 Home Hardware Top Prospects Game in Kitchener, Ontario, where he scored the opening goal of the prospect game for Team Cherry ... Scored the game's first goal ... Played for Team Canada at the International Ice Hockey Federation Under 18 Championships in Yaroslavl, Russia ... Selected by the Islanders in the second round (58th overall) in the 2003 Entry Draft.
Blake Comeau (RW, 6-1, 198 lbs., Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan)
Notes: Will be attending his first NHL camp ... Ranked fifth on the team in scoring last season ... Set career highs for goals (24), assists (23) and points (47) in a season ... In four seasons with Kelowna (WHL), recorded 103 points (39+64) and 212 penalty minutes in 193 games ... Played for the Gold Medal winning Team Canada at the 2003 U18 tournament ... Helped Kelowna win the 2004 Memorial Cup ... Selected by the Islanders in the second round (47th overall) of the 2004 Entry Draft.
Cole Jarrett (F, 6-1, 195 lbs., Sault, Ste. Marie, ONT)
Notes: Has spent the last two seasons with the Isles' AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers ... In 120 games with the Sound Tigers, has recorded 36 points (9+27) and 103 penalty minutes ... Spent four season in juniors with Plymouth (OHL) ... In 226 career games with the Whalers, recorded 151 points (43+108) and 375 penalty minutes ... Originally selected by Columbus in the sixth round (141st overall) of the 2001 Entry Draft.
Matt Koalska (C, 6-1, 198 lbs., St. Paul, MN)
Notes: Second-year pro ... Made his pro debut last season with the Isles' AHL affiliate ... In 60 games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, recorded 15 points (7+8) and 22 penalty minutes ... Played four seasons at Minnesota (WCHA) ... In four seasons with the Golden Gophers, recorded 145 points (42+103) and 138 penalty minutes in 171 career games ... In 2001-02, recorded 33 points (10+23), helping Minnesota win the NCAA National Championship ... Set career-high in 2002-03 with 40 points in 41 games, leading the Gophers to their second straight National Championship ... In his senior year, posted career-highs in goals 913) and points (39) ... Originally selected by Nashville in the seventh round (154th overall) in the 2000 Entry Draft.
Masi Marjamaki (RW, 6-2, 184 lbs., Pori, FNL)
Notes: In 51 games last season with Moose Jaw (WHL), recorded 46 points (14+32) and 49 penalty minutes ... Ranked seventh on the team in scoring ... Selected by the Islanders in the 2005 Entry Draft (Isles' 4th choice, 144th overall) as a re-draft after the Bruins, who originally drafted him in the second round as an 18-year old, could not come to terms with him on a contract.
Robert Nilsson (RW, 5-11, 176 lbs., Calgary, AB)
Notes: In 23 games last season with Djurgardens (Swedish Elite League), recorded six points (2+4) and six penalty minutes ... At the 2005 World Junior Championships, finished second on the Swedish team with four points (1+3) ... In 41 games in 2003-04, recorded 21 points (8+13) and 10 penalty minutes for Leksand ... Broke Swedish Elite League records set by NHL All-Stars Peter Forsberg and Markus Naslund as a 17-year-old ...Selected by the Islanders in the first round (15th overall) of the 2003 Entry Draft.
Petteri Nokelainen (C, 6-1, 187 lbs., Imatra, FNL)
Notes: Will be attending his first NHL camp ... Highly-skilled player ... In 52 games last season with SaiPa (Finnish Senior League), recorded 20 points (15+5) and 34 penalty minutes ... Ranked among the team leaders in goals (second) and points (seventh) ... Represented Finland at the 2004 IIHF U-18 World Junior Championship in Minsk, Russia, collecting 11 points (five goals, six assists) and 16 penalty minutes in six matches ... Also represented Finland at the 2004 IIHF U-20 World Junior Championship in Helsinki, posting one goal in seven games, en route to a bronze medal ... The 16th overall pick in the 2004 Entry Draft.
Ryan O'Marra (C, 6-1, 193 lbs., Tokyo, Japan)
Notes: Will be attending first NHL camp ... Has spent the last two season with Erie (OHL) ... In 127 career games with the Otters, has recorded 95 points (41+54) and 93 penalty minutes ... Selected by the Islanders in the first round (15th overall) of the 2005 Entry Draft.
Justin Papineau (C, 5-11, 181 lbs., Ottawa, ONT)
Notes: Has appeared in 81 NHL games with the Islanders and St. Louis during five-year pro career ... Played in 59 games last season with Bridgeport (AHL), recording 33 points (18+15) and 52 penalty minutes ... In his first full season with the islanders in 2003-04, posted 13 points (8+5) and eight penalty minutes ... Played four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League with Belleville ... Led the Bulls in regular season scoring and playoff scoring in 1998-99 ... In 244 career games with the Bulls, recorded 311 points (143+168) and 146 penalty minutes.
Jason Pitton (RW, 6-2, 195 lbs., Brampton, ONT)
Notes: In 68 games with Sault Ste. Marie (OHL), recorded 42 points (23+19 and 35 penalty minutes ... Ranked fifth on the team in scoring ...Has appeared in 136 career games with the Greyhounds, recording 62 points (32+30) and 72 penalty minutes ... Selected by the Islanders in the eighth round (244th overall) of the 2004 Entry Draft.
Steve Regier (LW, 6-4, 194 lbs., Edmonton, AB)
Notes: Skated in 75 matches last season with Bridgeport (AHL), posting 22 points (7+15) and 43 penalty minutes ... Played four seasons in the Western Hockey League with Medicine Hat ... In 193 career games with the Tigers, 86 points (37+49) and 256 penalty minutes ... Posted career-highs for goals (25), assists (35) and points (60) in 2003-04 ... Ranked seventh on the team in scoring ... Selected by the Islanders in the fifth round (148th overall) of the 2004 Entry Draft.
Wyatt Smith (C, 5-11, 200 lbs., Thief River Falls, MN)
Notes: Signed in the off-season to add depth to the forward position, has appeared in 83 career NHL games with Phoenix and Nashville. A six-year pro, he has spent the last three seasons in the Nashville organization, spending the majority of time in Milwaukee (AHL). Won a Calder Cup with the Admirals in 2004.
Chris Campoli (D, 6-1, 190 lbs., North York, ONT)
Notes: Played four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League with the Erie Otters ... In 247 games with the Otters, recorded 150 points (31+119) and 312 penalty minutes ... Recipient of the 2003-04 Dan Snyder Award as the League's Humanitarian of the Year ... Served as team captain in 2003-04 ... Helped Erie win the 2002 OHL Championship ... Named to the 2004-05 AHL All-Rookie Team while with Bridgeport last season ... Set new team records for points (66) in a season by a defenseman ... Ranked second on the team in scoring with 20 goals and 46 assists ... Was invited to Columbus and Toronto's training camps in 2002 and 03, respectively ...
Ryan Caldwell (D, 6-2, 194 lbs., Deloraine, MAN)
Notes: Played for current LA Kings' Head Coach Andy Murray when he attended Shattuck-St. Mary's Prep School (1998-99) ... Played four years at the University of Denver (WCHA) In 156 games with the Pioneers, recorded 88 points (26+62) and 306 penalty minutes ... Member of the WCHA Second All-Star Team 2004, NCAA West First All-American Team 2004 and NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team.... Earned 2001 WCHA all-rookie team honors ... Made his pro debut last season playing for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers ... In 73 games, collected 21 points (2+19) and 65 penalty minutes ... Selected by the Islanders in the seventh round (202nd overall) of the 2000 Entry Draft.
Paul Flache (D, 6-6, 227 lbs., Lakehurst, ONT)
Notes: Training Camp invitee ... Split last season between Chicago (AHL) and Gwinnett (ECHL) ... In 61 games with the Wolves, recorded 15 points (3+12) and 172 penalty minutes ... In three games with the Gladiators, posted three points (1+2) and four penalty minutes ... Selected by the NHL's Atlanta Thrashers in the fifth round (144th overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.
Dustin Kohn (D, 6-1, 182 lbs., Edmonton, AB)
Notes: Will be attending his first NHL camp ...Has played the last two seasons with Calgary (WHL) ... Last season, recorded 43 points (8+35) and 61 penalty minutes in 71 games Ranked fourth on the Hitmen in scoring ... Votes as the team's 200-05 Top Defensemen ... Skated for Team Cherry at the 2005 CHL Top Prospects Game ... The Isles' second choice, 46th overall in the 2005 Entry Draft.
Mike Jarmuth (D, 6-0, 205 lbs., Monkton, ONT)
Notes: Training Camp invitee ... Second-year pro ... Made his pro debut last season with Mississippi (ECHL) ... In 72 games with the Sea Wolves, posted 36 points (13+23) and 24 penalty minutes ... Ranked eighth on the team in scoring ... Played four seasons of collegiate hockey at Western Michigan University (CCHA) ... In 143 career games with the Broncos, recorded 69 points (13+56) and 78 penalty minutes.
Vince Macri (D, 6-3, 210 lbs., Bethpage, NY)
Notes: Played four seasons at Brown (ECHL), recording 33 points (12+21) and 157 penalty minutes in 106 games ... In the last two seasons, has appeared in 30 games with Bridgeport (AHL), recording two points (1+1) and nine penalty minutes ... Originally selected by Nashville in the seventh round (154th overall) of the 2000 Entry Draft.
Jaroslav Mrazek (D, 6-3, 198 lbs., Milebsko, CZE)
Notes: Will be attending his first NHL training camp ... In 57 games last season with St. Michael's (OHL), collected two assists and 54 penalty minutes ... In 10 playoff games, recorded three assists and eight penalty minutes ... Selected by the Islanders in the sixth round (179th overall) of the 2004 Entry Draft.
Jody Robinson (D, 6-2, 205 lbs., New Haven, CT)
Notes: In his fourth pro season ... In the last three seasons, has appeared in 165 games with Bridgeport, the Isles' AHL affiliate, recording 18 points (1+17) and 173 penalty minutes.
Nicholas Tuzzolino (D, 6-5, 225 lbs., Buffalo, N.Y.)
Notes: Will be attending his first NHL training camp ... Played in 67 games last games last season with Sarnia (OHL), recording 22 points (2+20) and 128 penalty minutes ... Selected by the Islanders in the seventh round (196th overall) of the 2005 Entry Draft.
Frederic Cloutier (G, 6-0, 165 lbs., St.-Honore, PQ)
Notes: Training Camp invitee ... Had a stellar 2004-05 campaign with Pensacola (ECHL), posting a record of 32-13-3 with five shutouts and 2.37 goals against average ... Finished second in the voting for ECHL Goaltender of the Year to Chris Madden ... In 2001-2002 with Louisiana, he won the ECHL's Most Valuable Player, Rookie of the Year and Goaltender of the Year awards and was named All-ECHL First Team and chosen to the All-Rookie Team playing in 36 games for the IceGators, posting a record of 28-5-3 with a 1.84 goals against average and .945 save percentage ... His 1.84 goals against average and .945 save percentage recorded in 2001-02 are ECHL single season records.
Wade Dubielewicz (G, 5-10, 178 lbs., Invermere, BC)
Notes: Has played both of his pro seasons (2003-05) in the Islanders' organization with Bridgeport (AHL) ... Was an AHL All-Star and the AHL's Rookie of the Year in 2003-04 ... Set league records with a 1.38 goals against average and .946 save percentage, tied the league mark for rookie netminders with nine shutouts and shared the Holmes Award with Dieter Kochan for the lowest team goals against average while posting a 20-8-5 record in 33 AHL games in 2003-04 ... Posted a 1-0-1 record, including 40 shutout minutes in a surprise relief appearance for the Islanders to win his NHL debut, that year ... He is 38-31-6 with a franchise-record ten shutouts in 76 career appearances for the Sound Tigers ... Prior to signing with the Islanders as a free agent in May of 2003, he posted a 44-26-6 record and eight shutouts in 85 games during four seasons (1999-2003) with the University of Denver of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
Chris Madden (G, 6-0, 187 lbs., Liverpool, NY)
Notes: A five-year veteran, Chris split last season between the AHL's Providence Bruins and the ECHL's Long Beach Ice Dogs and Florida Everblades ... Named the 2005 ECHL Reebok Goaltender of the Year ... Was also named First Team All-ECHL ...He was the starting goaltender for the National Conference at the 2005 ECHL All-Star Game, stopping 12 of 13 shots in the first period ... Acquired by Florida at the trade deadline ... The 6'1'' 177-pounder from Liverpool, New York was 5-4 with a 1.85 goals against average, .933 save percentage and two shutouts in 13 games with Providence, as well as 19-5-2 with a 2.14 goals against average, .941 save percentage and five shutouts in 28 games with Long Beach ... Madden was 89-47-6 with nine shutouts in 162 major-junior games during four years (1996-2000) with the Ontario Hockey League's Guelph Storm ... He was chosen by the Carolina Hurricanes in the fourth round, 97th overall, of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft after earning tournament Most Valuable Player honors while leading the Storm to the 1998 Memorial Cup Finals.
Tuomas Tarkki (G, 6-4, 204 lbs., Rauma, FNL)
Notes: Training Camp invitee ... Recommended to the Isles by former NHL assistant coach and current Northern Michigan University Head Coach Walt Kyle ... In 34 games last season, posted a record of 20-8-5 ... A 2005 CCHA Player of the Year and recipient of the league's Best Goaltender Award ... A 2005 Hobey Baker Memorial Award Finalist ... Led the conference (CCHA) with an 1.81 goals-against average and a .936 save percentage ... Was also named to the All-CCHA First Team by the conference's coaches ... Ranked nationally in save percentage, wins, goals-against and winning percentage.
The first hour of each session is expected to feature a scrimmage.
At the conclusion of the first on-ice session on Saturday, Islanders general manager Mike Milbury and Miracle on pro scouting director Ken Morrow will be available from 1:30 3:30 p.m. to sign autographs and discuss the prospects and the upcoming season.
When the Chalk Talk is done and the players have finished their off-ice work, players will be available for autographs and meet the fans.
Islanders head coach Steve Stirling and assistant coach Brad Shaw will talk hockey with the fans at the conclusion of the second session, set for Sunday, Sept. 11 from 10:00 am - noon.
In addition, Sparky will be there to hang with the kids, the Ice Girls will hand out Islanders schedules and there will be a sale on Islanders merchandise at the Iceworks Team Store. Refreshments will be available. The event will also give fans the opportunity to check out the newly renovated Islanders Iceworks, with beautiful murals of Islanders past and present throughout the dual-rink facility.
The Islanders also want fans to know that many Islanders veterans are expected to hit the ice at Islanders Iceworks for informal workouts on Prospect Camp weekend. Anyone getting to Iceworks an hour early on Sept. 10 or sticking around a little later on Sept. 11 may get a peak at some of their favorite players.
NYI PROSPECT CAMP
Saturday, Sept. 10
Practice: 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Chalk Talk/Meet the Players: 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Sunday, Sept. 11
Practice: 10:00 am - noon
Chalk Talk/Meet the Players: Noon - 1:30 pm
Directions to Islanders Iceworks: Long Island Expressway to exit 43. Take Oyster Bay Road North approximately 2 miles (turns into Jackson Avenue in Syosset), cross the railroad tracks and make a hard left onto Underhill Boulevard. Continue 2/10 of a mile, Islanders Iceworks will be on your left.